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Federal Elections Fees Tariff

Canada Elections Act
Federal Elections Fees Tariff Footnote 1

Interpretation

  • 1. The following definitions apply in this Tariff.

    "Act" means the Canada Elections Act. (Loi)

    "travel time" means time spent travelling to and returning from the place where a task is to be accomplished if that place is located more than 16 km from the traveller's home or workplace, whichever is closer, using the most direct route, but does not include stops during the journey. (temps de déplacement)

General

  • 2. (1) Returning officers and other persons employed at or in relation to elections shall be paid the fees, costs, allowances and expenses as set out in the schedule.
  • (2) With respect to a monthly fee set out in the schedule, if a person only works for part of the month for which he or she is entitled to the fee, he or she is to be paid as follows:
    • (a)if he or she has worked less than half the number of working days during that month, an amount equal to half the monthly fee; and
    • (b)if he or she has worked at least half the number of working days during that month, the entire monthly fee.
  • (3) Allowances for travel expenses are to be paid only for travelling to and returning from the place where a task is to be accomplished if that place is located more than 16 km from the traveller's home or workplace, whichever is closer, using the most direct route.
  • 3. The allowances for travel and living expenses referred to in paragraph 50(a) and subparagraph 50(c)(ii) of the schedule are based on the rates and allowances set out in the Travel Directive of the National Joint Council and the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat, including Appendices B and C, that are in effect
    • (a)on the day on which the writ for the election is issued for an electoral district, in the case where the services to which the travel or living expenses relate are performed in respect of an election in an electoral district during the period that begins on that day and ends on
      • (i) the day on which the return of the writ is completed for that electoral district, or
      • (ii) the day, if any, on which the writ is withdrawn for that electoral district under subsection 59(1) of the Act or deemed to be withdrawn for that electoral district under section 551 of the Act; and
    • (b) on the day on which the services are performed, in all other cases.
  • 4. [Repealed]
  • 5. [Repealed]

Annual Inflation Adjustment

  • 6. (1) Subject to subsections (1.1), (3) and (4), the amounts set out in the schedule shall be adjusted, annually on January 31, by multiplying each of them by the annual inflation adjustment factor set out in subsection (2), and the resulting amounts, rounded to the nearest cent, apply during the calendar year beginning on that date and ending on January 30 of the following year.
    • (1.1) Subsection (1) does not apply to the amounts set out in paragraph 23(e), item 27, paragraph 29(e) and item 43 of the schedule.
  • (2) The annual inflation adjustment factor is a fraction with:
    • (a)a numerator that is the annual average Consumer Price Index, as published by Statistics Canada under the authority of the Statistics Act, for the calendar year preceding the January 31 adjustment date, calculated on the basis of 2002 being equal to 100; and
    • (b)a denominator that is 125.2, which is the annual average Consumer Price Index, as published by Statistics Canada under the authority of the Statistics Act, for 2014, calculated on the basis of 2002 being equal to 100.
  • (3) In any given calendar year, the maximum adjustment that may be effected by the application of the annual inflation adjustment factor is three percent.
  • (4) If, in any given calendar year, the annual inflation adjustment factor is below zero, no adjustment will be effected in that year.
  • 7. (1) If the hourly rate provided for in this Tariff is lower than the highest minimum hourly rate that applies in a province, other than a territory, on the January 31 immediately before the work is performed, the highest provincial hourly rate applies.
  • (2) For the purposes of subsection (1), only provincial minimum hourly rates that are generally applicable regardless of occupation, status or work experience are to be considered.
  • 8. The Chief Electoral Officer may make accountable advances to returning officers and to additional assistant returning officers to defray office and other incidental expenses in an amount that does not exceed $2,000.00 per advance and per officer.

Footnote 1 The tariff was approved by the Governor in Council. See P.C. 2015-842 (registered as SOR/2015-162 on June 17, 2015).